– [Mr Mobile] The king ofthe $400 smartphone category just got killed.
Its successor, a physicallyidentical flagship, with better specs, a souped-up camera, and in the US, a 10% price bump.
Is the OnePlus 3T worththe extra 40 clams? This is the MrMobile review.
(upbeat electronic music) The question I posed inthe intro is the only one I'll endeavor to answer in this review.
The other question,whether OnePlus is being pragmatic or greedy by releasing a more expensive refreshjust before the holidays, I'll leave to you todiscuss in the comments.
The essence of this phone is very simple.
If you like the OnePlus 3,you'll like the 3T even more.
In the hand, the two phonesare indistinguishable, save the newer model's gunmetal paint job and a sapphire lens coveron the primary camera.
The big changes are inside.
And even they aren't that big.
First, the Snapdragon820 processor makes way for the faster and newer 821.
This reduces boot time,increases app loading speed, and theoretically helpswith camera performance.
More on that in a second.
In addition, the battery gets a 13% bump over the older model, and a new 128 gig storage option is available at the higher price tier.
The software continues tobe OnePlus's own OxygenOS.
It's based on the olderAndroid Marshmallow but aside from having anolder security update, I don't really mind, for two reasons.
The first is that OnePlushas committed to delivering Android N before the end of the year and significantly speeding up its update delivery going forward.
Yeah, yeah, I know,every company says that, and you're right to be skeptical.
But here's the other thing.
OxygenOS is better than ever.
I almost like it as much as Ilike the Motorola Android skin and if you've been watching me for a bit, you know that's saying a lot.
It continues to blend thesuper-smooth performance of near-stock Android with verysmart feature improvements.
Among them, swipe up on the home screen to jump to a Google search.
Hold down the capacitivebuttons to reveal notifications, or do a bunch of other stuff.
Do a three-finger swipe for a screen shot.
And lock access to any appyou want with a thumbprint.
And these are just some examples.
You can make basically everybutton and the ringer slider do exactly what you want.
The result is a phone thatcan be quickly made to feel just like home with very little effort.
If you're a selfie story teller, there's one last thingto get excited about, a new front-facing camera with the same 16 megapixelresolution as the main shooter.
I ran an unscientific Snapchat poll and most of you agreed that the OnePlus 3T outperformed the otherfront-facing cameras I used, Pixel, the Moto Z, and the Mate 9.
Results from the FFC in regular shooting were similarly impressivegiven enough light.
I still think lower resolution sensors with bigger pixels are the way to go if you're mainly shootingselfies in the club but for daytime stills and video calls, and especially Snapchat,this camera's great.
As I said earlier, theprimary camera is unchanged from the OnePlus 3 but theviewfinder has gotten upgrades in the form of a beefed-up manual mode and new software stabilization that works in concert with OIS to produce a nice, steady shot.
Also the focus is lightening quick, almost as that on the Google Pixel.
The bad stuff? It doesn't take much sun on a subject to make it overexposed.
And this camera is yet another reminder that HDR isn't a cure-all.
I'll let the pictures speakfor themselves for a second.
(upbeat electronic music) Odds and ends? The display is the same PenTileAMOLED panel as on the 3, which means that puristswill find something to hate about it even in sRGB mode.
I think it's fine, withtwo little exceptions.
One, it doesn't get quitebright enough in the sun.
And two, the built-in night mode uses the worst shade ofpee yellow I've ever seen.
Moving on to battery life, the 3T's extra reserve isenough to see me to the end of even a heavy use day, as long as I don't dotoo much audio streaming.
And the super-quick DashCharge rapid replenishment still lives up to its name.
Some issues from the OnePlus3 seem to have been corrected, like the annoying LTE signal jumping, while other bugs have cropped up, like the screen not alwaysturning off in phone calls when using the dialer app.
With every new so-called flagship killer that OnePlus launches, the prices climbs a little bit higher.
If you're put off by that, I can't say I blame you.
The level of qualitythe company pulled off a couple years ago at$299 was truly legendary and it made the brash brandinga lot easier to swallow.
But the truth is, even at $439, there's no question in mymind that the 3T is worth it.
It's a well-made phonewith a nice set of cameras, an outstanding software,and a subtle sense of style that's kinda grown on me.
In my view, it's still the king of the $400-$500 smartphone segment.
More thoughts in the OnePlus 3 review and the $400 smartphone round-up on MrMobile's YouTube channel.
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